The 2017 AMA Supercross season kicked off with a bang last
weekend in Anaheim, Calif. for round one and this weekend the series will move
down Interstate 5 to PetCo Park located in downtown San Diego. With few
surprises, round one may have been a fairly solid predictor for what to expect
for the remaining sixteen rounds of AMA Supercross.
Perhaps the most predictable result of the first round was
HRC Honda's Ken Roczen taking the main event win. Unstoppable all day, the only
results the Honda rider didn't top was that of qualifying, where he was 5th for
the combined sessions. Roczen pretty well ran away with the 450SX main event
after snagging the holeshot. After that the rest were left to battle behind
him, as his lead eventually stretched more 16 seconds - impressive.
Similarly successful, but somewhat more unpredictable was
250SX West winner Shane McElrath. Having knocked on the door for wins over the
past few seasons, McElrath now has the confidence he needs to make repeat
visits to the top step. His win came against many others who were expected to
make a showing at the first round. But the most talked about prospect for the
win, Austin Forkner, went down hard during the main and was unable to deliver,
but will return this weekend in San Diego with an answer.
Getting a big holeshot always helps a rider's chances at
win, but when Ken Roczen nabs it, it's usually game over for everyone else.
Even though it's plain to see that every rider immediately behind the 94 in
this shot are also top-tier 450SX class riders, Roczen was still victorious.
Full props must go out to Marvin Musquin who put in a well
fought battle for the final step of the podium. He battled back and forth with
teammate Ryan Dungey in 2nd before folding. But the Frenchman was still able to
hold off his training partner Jason Anderson until the checkers.
Starting out front, many thought Eli Tomac would put in a
run to catch Roczen in first. But at the midway point it was clear that Tomac
wasn't feeling it as Dungey, Musquin and Anderson got by him, with Cole Seely
very close behind. Tomac later blamed the fade on arm pump and pledged to find
a solution for round two this Saturday night.
450SX class rookie and 2-time 250SX champ Cooper Webb did
not come out as many had expected to at the opening round. Some suggest that
Webb was playing it safe and smart start to what's hopefully, a long and
productive 450SX career. While he was never up to speed and often found himself
battling hard with riders, it was certain that he was frustrated with his
performance. Poor starts certainly didn't help his situation either, as seen
above. When there are riders such as Roczen, Dungey and Musquin already five
bike lengths ahead of you into the first turn, incredible things have to happen
for wins and podium finishes.
This weekend's round two at PetCo Park in San Diego, Calif.
is Military Appreciation Day. This includes unique one-off graphics and gear
for many of the riders that reflects the industry's respect for the U.S.
Military services - many of which have a major presence in and around the San
Diego area. The track looks great and everyone is looking forward for the
continuation of possibly one of the greatest seasons in the sport's history.
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